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Video Games Live - Houston, Texas 2008
Author: Michael Ahlf 
Date: June 13th, 2008

One of the nicer cultural events for gamers in recent years has been the Video Games Live concert series - founded by veteran industry composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, and growing every year to bring a bit of the magic of video game music both to gamers and to those who might not realize that yes, video game music is much more than the bleeps and bloops of the oldest generations of consoles.

It was an honor to be able to attend this year's concert in Houston, Texas - a stellar event that included a few bonuses and extra bits, a packed-in crowd full of energy, and a few surprises here and there. Set list included the Classic Arcade arrangement, Metal Gear Solid, God of War, Metroid, Live Action Space Invaders, Harry Potter, Bioshock, Metroid, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Warcraft, Starcraft II (world premiere), Super Mario Bros, Guitar Hero (Sweet Emotion from Guitar Hero:Aerosmith), Halo, One Winged Angel, Castlevania, and two amazing sets by Martin Leung the Video Game Pianist (Final Fantasy and the Mario/Namco/Tetris arrangement).

A number of good photos of the event are below, as well as a few videos for you to get a better idea of what goes on. If you have a chance to see the show, do not - under any circumstances - pass it up.

The Videos:

Tommy introduces the show Martin Leung on Piano Live-Action Space Invaders A better view of what Jack Wall looks like conducting


The Pictures:

This banner was in the rotation for a while - photo taken a few days before the show.
Admittedly, they're trying some "nonstandard" shows these days.
Random games, no tournament here.
As people file in...
These guys spent a lot of time on their costumes!
Obligatory DDR
I'm assuming... young Link.
Obligatory Halo
The competition was fierce. Yes, the sign says what it means.
Darth Vader and his girlfriend the pokemon trainer.
More Halo.
Smash Bros, of course.
A single lonely PS3 plays Lego Indiana Jones.
As the evening went on it got more and more packed.
When not rocking out, this guy is also a mean 'Mech pilot.
It takes a lot of work to prep for these shows.
More sound check.
The inside of Jones Hall. Most people were still out in the pre-show party.
Lots of kids, lots of parents
Prepping for the costume contest. Or just packing a lot of people into a tight space.
Let the costume contest begin!
Triple Mario Madness. No Luigi.
They had four finalists. The pac-kids count as one extremely cute costume.
Intermission, aka "planned load time."
The crowd files back in. Still a couple minutes before intermission is over - it was a packed crowd.
Tribute to the 8-bit days.
Conductor Jack Wall - doing an awesome job.
Take a good look at this one - most of the shots came out this way. It is NOT easy to get good photos of conductors, and Jack Wall has an amazing amount of energy.
Martin Leung - the Video Game Pianist!
Yeah. He can do it blindfolded.
The Guitar Hero contest winner prepping up to play on stage.
Cindy Shapiro, vocal soloist from the God of War segment, and her daughter.
Tommy Tallarico. And his awesome guitar.
Yes, this is the crowd after the performance. It took quite a while to thin out.
I have to give them credit - they were there for a good long while through the hordes of fans asking for signatures or just wanting to thank them for doing the show.



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Video Games Live 2008

Added:  Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf


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